It’s that time of year when we take a moment to thank our mothers for everything they’ve done for us. (Thank you, Mom!) This is a day when Mom gets to put her feet up and be spoiled—and what better way to spoil her than with a big, beautiful plant-based brunch? To help, we’ve put together some of our favorite special vegan brunch recipes, including grain bowls, flatbreads, coffee cake, muffins, and more, that are sure to make this a Mother’s Day to remember.
Looking for gift-worthy baked goods to present to Mom, then check out these delectable Edible Goodies to Gift.
These sensational waffles get their airy texture from a three-flour blend consisting of masa harina, cornmeal, and almond flour. Top with seasoned black beans, veggies, salsa, guacamole, and jalapeño chile (optional) for a heavenly start to the day. A reviewer notes, “These tamale waffles are my favorite FOK waffles. They are consistently crunchy, light, and have a wonderful taste.”
Treat Mom to the sweet-smelling aroma and tender crumb of these fruity strawberry muffins. Naturally sweetened with dates and banana, and with chunks of strawberry and rhubarb in every mouthful, these juicy, slightly tart muffins are sure to be a hit.
Moist, delicious, and easy to throw together, these marvelous muffins are naturally sweetened, and can be gluten-free if you use certified gluten-free oat flour. Pro tip: Don’t have oat flour? Make your own by blending rolled oats in a food processor: 1¼ cups of oats yields 1 cup of flour.
These crispy vegan French toast cups, filled with a sweet, gooey banana-orange filling, are a delight to the taste buds. Garnish with your choice of chopped toasted pecans, fresh berries, fresh mint, and/or ground cinnamon.
Take Mom to the tropics with this melt-in-your-mouth oatmeal featuring juicy pineapple, succulent raisins, earthy steel-cut oats, and grated carrot for extra body. Garnish with unsweetened coconut flakes to highlight the tropical theme even more. Added bonus: Because these are made in a slow cooker, you can set it up the night before and spend more time with Mom on the big day.
These sweet and moist mini banana bread loaves are adorable served with a cup of tea, or wrapped in brown paper as a gift. Walnuts (or any nuts that you’d prefer) add a nutty crunch, while generous amounts of cinnamon give them a yummy, low-key spice flavor, and dates add caramel-like sweetness.
Load up this vegan omelette with mushrooms, green onion, or any of Mom’s favorite veggies, and top with your choice of salsa or hot sauce. “My family and I all LOVE this recipe! We eat it often, and not just for breakfast,” shares one reviewer.
Sometimes Moms want donuts for breakfast! And why not, when they’re as healthy as these. An oat flour base combines with orange zest and juice, cocoa powder, and tahini for a richly flavored, citrusy donut the whole family will love. Serve with orange sauce and shaved vegan chocolate. To make these gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oat flour. “So good! Glaze is a must,” writes one fan.
Vegan scrambles usually star tofu or chickpea, but this veggie-licious one stars cauliflower. The cruciferous powerhouse makes a hearty fiber-rich base and eagerly soaks up the turmeric, nutritional yeast, and other seasonings. One fan writes, “I love this, and make it whenever cauliflower is at its best.”
If you’re planning a morning at home with Mom, this fabulous potato bread will steal the show. It takes three hours to make, but as with most breads, a good amount of the time is in the rising. Serve with Creamy Corn Butter, Sweet Potato Butter, avocado and tomato, or other yummy toast toppers. This would also make a great gift. Notes one writer, “OMG. I’ve made it three times. I promise you it’s foolproof.”
Cake for breakfast? Yes, please! Fragrant with orange zest and cinnamon, and made with yuca flour (also known as cassava flour), this moist, single-tier cake is best served with a cup of hot or cold tea.
These light and fluffy vanilla pancakes, topped with a naturally sweetened chocolate sauce and Strawberry-Cherry Ice Cream, will have Mom smiling from ear to ear. If you don’t have the bandwidth for making all three components then serve with chocolate sauce and fresh berries, or skip the sauce and serve with Strawberry-Cherry Ice Cream. Tip: To make these gluten-free, substitute a gluten-free flour mix for the all-purpose flour.
From perfectly seasoned hashes to frittatas to muffins and more, these are our favorite healthy vegan recipes to make for brunch.
about the author
Lisa Esile, MS
Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.